Gartner has predicted that worldwide container management revenue will grow strongly from a small base of $465.8 million in 2020, to reach $944 million in 2024. This predicted growth is understandable, as containers enable greater velocity and efficiency when developing, deploying and scaling applications.
However, the advantages also come with additional challenges for enterprise IT teams. Göran Sandahl, director of engineering at LogicMonitor, discusses containerised environments and how businesses can prevent a major challenge – downtime. He comments:
“Gartner’s latest prediction comes as no surprise – containerised environments have become increasingly popular in recent times, as they are key to addressing critical concerns of application developers. However, despite the benefits, containers are presenting new challenges for enterprise IT teams. They create a dynamic environment that is more difficult to monitor than more traditional environments, because of the increase in application data, as well as being more complex than what traditional monitoring tools are equipped to handle. If what Gartner predicts becomes reality, then it’s likely that many businesses will struggle to monitor these complex environments – and downtime will be rife.
“There are three ways enterprises can mitigate these challenges; they must be able to detect and monitor containers from a service perspective, do so wherever containers run, and be equipped to quickly go from incident awareness to root cause analysis. Continuous, comprehensive monitoring into containerised workloads is necessary to increase visibility and proactively prevent downtime.
It’s also important that companies inject intelligence into their performance monitoring, to be able to aggregate data and ensure the overall health of applications. As well as this, businesses must have orchestration tools such as Kubernetes to make it easier to manage applications. Without these tools in place, companies will be at risk of downtime – and losing customers.”